A lady playing a qin or seven-stringed zither in front of a pavilion, with other ladies listening and a pair of peacocks and trellis at left
Art / Drawings and watercolours
circa 1740 - circa 1760
Ink, watercolour, mulberry paper, hardboard backboard.
290 mm (H)270 mm (W)355 mm (H)330 mm (W)
Place of origin
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Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire
One of a set of six Chinese paintings on paper depicting ladies and their servants engaged in various activities in the grounds of a large mansion or palace, in a European rococo carved wooden frame with acanthus leaves scrolling around a straight moulding, probably mid eighteenth century. This picture shows a lady playing a qin or seven-stringed zither in front of a pavilion, with other ladies listening and a pair of peacocks and trellis at left.
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax following the death of Thomas Anson, 4th Earl of Lichfield, in 1960 and allocated to the National Trust, along with the rest of the collection, house and park at Shugborough.
Makers and roles
Chinese School, artist